Readers were skeptical about whether the killing of al-Qaeda's leader in Iraq, Abu Mousab al-Zarqawi, would hasten the end of the war—and whether it merited the big-red-X treatment on our cover

I was pleased that U.S. and Iraqi forces killed the monster Abu Mousab al-Zarqawi, Iraq's most wanted terrorist [June 19]. President George W. Bush should rightly be enjoying an upturn in his political fortunes. I hope it's not wishful thinking to regard al-Zarqawi's death as a step toward peace and the welcome departure of coalition troops.
Jeff Robertson
Yellow Springs, Ohio,...

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